A trip on a kayak on the water can be viewed as peaceful. There’s nothing like the experience of yourself taking a trip on a seemingly peaceful lake surface. However, there are still precautions you should consider.
As with any hobby that involves possibly risking yourself, you should be prepared.
With the knowledge that you’ll be on the water, you should be prepared for emergencies on the water. A personal flotation device (PFD) is a great investment; aside from that, other devices like whistles and flashlights are good things to buy.
Take Courses on Safety in the Water.
You shouldn’t leave it to flotation devices to keep you safe in the water. Being a pro-active kayaker means you should take on-water courses to keep you and your kayak friends safe. This will also benefit you in the long run as you go on repeated kayaking trips.
Be aware of your limits.
It’s a good thing to know what you’re going to expect once in the water, but it’s better to know what you can and can’t do. Search yourself and take notes of what you’re capable of and not when in the water. It’s your life—and your partners’—that are on the line here.
Check the Weather.
Itching to take that kayak on a spin today? Before you do that, you should know what the condition of the water is. Even in rivers, it can unexpectedly rise. It’s good practice to check the weather before going into the water.
Be aware of the water traffic.
There might be ships that also pass through the route you plan to go kayaking on. Knowing the time of their travels and the sizes of these vessels may keep you safe from capsizing.
Now, you can go Kayaking
Once you’ve become aware of all these, it’s a simple matter to keep yourself aware on the waterways. Awareness coupled with safety will help a lot especially if you’re with friends.